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• High energy level
• Low exercise needs
• Very playful
• Moderately affectionate
• Shy towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• Moderate grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold
The Pomeranian is an outgoing dog breed, curious and playful, and even somewhat cocky. If he’s properly trained he can make an excellent family pet, eager to please and enthusiastic. The Pomeranian is a great dog for apartment dwellers as they don’t need a lot of exercise, and their busy nature keeps them moving about most of the day.
The Pomeranian is intelligent and attentive, and always ready for a new adventure. His foxlike face and alert demeanor are complimented by his puffy coat, and his spitz ancestry is evident in his small ears. His coat will need regular brushing, and some tend to bark a lot.
This active and energetic dog breed will easily meet his exercise needs with a daily walk or playtime indoors. The Pomeranian may look like his coat can handle the outdoors, but he needs to be close to his family and live indoors.
Be prepared to brush him twice a week and more often when he sheds.
The Pomeranian is the smallest spitz member, with lineage of sled dogs. Nobody is quite sure when his size was bred down or why, but he was originally almost 30 pounds and used as a sheep herder.
In 1870, they were recognized by the English Kennel Club, but their popularity didn’t rise until Queen Victoria brought them from Italy, larger and gray than the smaller colorful specimens that were already favored. In 1990 the AKC recognized the breed and since then there has still been an ongoing attempt to breed them down in size while maintaining their coat.
Today the Pomeranian is still a popular show dog and family pet.